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Move a show of TECT's longevity

TECT Power's renovation and move to a former machine shop on Southwest Boulevard represents more than a place to build large aerospace components.

The recent move from a leased facility sends a message to customers that the business is here for the long haul, officials said.

Because it worked out of a rented facility, some wondered about its longevity in Wichita, said David Nolletti, TECT vice president for strategy, marketing and business development.

"It's important for our customers to see we're investing in this business," Nolletti said. "We're going to be here in Wichita, and we're going to grow."

With the investment, "it's much easier to make sales calls now," said TECT Power general manager Derek Hallmark.

TECT acquired the former L&S Machine building at 2019 Southwest Blvd. when it bought Tru-Circle in 2004.

TECT operated a machine shop out of the facility, but has since moved those operations to a plant in Park City.

The company then gutted and renovated the 43,000-square-foot building, in what will be a $2.7 million project.

The site employs 17 workers and is expected to grow to 26 in two years.

In all, TECT employs about 300 at facilities in Wichita, Park City and Wellington.

The southwest Wichita facility makes large finished parts measuring up to 180 inches on the outside diameter, primarily for the aerostructures industry.

It operates 15 lathes and several milling machines.

Because of the ability to retain the close tolerances on such a large part, "I'm a unique business," Hallmark said.

Customers include GE, Spirit AeroSystems, Pratt & Whitney and Rolls Royce.

It builds parts for the 787, 737, 777 and C-17 from aluminum, steel, titanium, nickel and high-temperature alloys.

Business is growing, Nolletti said. "Derek and his team are improving market share and have gotten on new programs for us as a company."

Revenue is expected to grow 40 percent next year at the renovated facility, he said.

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